Interview with Swedish Fishermen Normann Kotzurek & Michael (Stig) Fayergren: January 30, 2015
By Paul Murray
Arnon Amit from Israel arrived in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand on January 2, 2015, after successfully negotiating the Heaphy Track in a wheelchair.
The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand’s nine “Great Walks” and the only one on which mountain biking is permitted (from May 1 to September 30). The track is approximately 80 kilometers long and traverses the Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island. Most people walk, ride or now roll, the Heaphy Track from Collingwood in Golden Bay through to Karamea on the West Coast.
With a lot of determination and effort and the help of his brother Nadav and friends Maayan Kalo and Gul Janvosky, Arnon bounced over some rough terrain, through a flood and tacked swarms of sandflies to complete the track in five days to become what is thought to be the first person to complete the track in a chair.
Arnon was injured in a car accident while doing his national service in the Israeli Army in 2008 and lost the use of his legs. He was an enthusiastic outdoors person before the accident and has managed to overcome his physical challenges and maintain his love of tramping and nature with a little help from his friends.
A special off-road wheelchair manufactured in the United States and made of strong, lightweight titanium metal was Arnon’s Heaphy vehicle. The chair handled the track well, but the rigorous terrain took its toll on the machine and minor repairs were required en route to keep the show rolling.
Recent work by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to improve the track surface and the width and stability of the swing bridges and other river crossings has made the Heaphy Track more easily negotiated by wheeled vehicles like chairs and of course mountain bikes. This may open the possibility of experiencing the wilds of the Kahurangi National Park and the pleasures of traversing the Heaphy Track to a whole range of people, like Arnon, who had previously not been able to tackle the track.
The most challenging section for the man in the chair was the first uphill section of from the Collingwood end of the Heaphy from Brown Hut to Perry Saddle Hut. The track winds steeply uphill through beech forest and tree roots growing through the track make it rough and uneven, not necessarily the best surface for wheelchairs. However, with brother Nadav and friends Maayan and Gul pushing, Arnon made it to the Perry Hut, which is around the highest point of the track at 1,000 metres, in good shape.
River crossings and sandy beaches also posed challenges that required assistance from the support crew. Nadav piggy-backed his brother across the narrow swing bridges and pulled him along the sand while Maayan pushed from behind.
The weather turned somewhat inclement on the last day of 2014 and many sections of the track became flooded preventing the group from proceeding and creating a bottleneck at the MacKay Hut in the middle of the Heaphy. Fifty people, including Team Israel, were squeezed into a new hut built for 26. Fortunately, the old James MacKay Hut has yet to be demolished and, with DOCs permission, Nadav broke into the hut and everyone managed to get a bed.
The next day was much improved and Arnon was in his element on the downhill section from MacKay to Lewis Hut. The steep slope afforded him some gravity assisted speed and he apparently even got some air as he bounced the chair over some rocks on the way down.
Hear the Interview Here:
The four travellers are now heading south down the wonderful West Coast and plan on exploring some of the many attractions and tracks along the way and then on to Queenstown and Fiordland, if you see them say hello, they’re a great bunch of fine young folk.
For more information on the Heaphy Track: www.HeaphyTrack.com
Rongo Backpackers & Gallery: www.RongoBackpackers.com
LivingInPeace Project: www.LivingInPeace.com
Karamea Radio 107.5 FM: www.facebook.com/KarameaRadio107.5FM
…Some more photos…
For Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand and International sporting fans the name Carisbook evokes memories of the Battle of Bannockburn! Stubborn Celtic pride subdued for too long by the foppish heathens south of Hadrian’s Wall, stirred by the skirl of the pipes to battle for death or glory!
Great All Bollocks victories over the Kloppies, the Pongos, the Waltzing Matildas and the Argie Bargies! A magnificent victory by our flanelled fools over the Calypso Kings of Swing in 1981! One of Otago’s finest sons, Stephen Boock in at the death to hit the winning run! A sacred mausoleum for Otago’s finest, Bert Sutcliffe one of Otago and New Zealand’s finest cricketers amongst many sportsmen whose humble ashes are still interred there on hallowed ground!
Carisbrook now demolished, bulldozed into the ground, desecrated and destroyed in the name of progress! The very heart and soul of the Gathering of the Clans, Otago rugby, Otago cricket, marching, pipe bands, pop concerts and the odd crazed ultra fanatical, religious fervour induced meeting of glorified worship that only Billy Graham and his erstwhile sidekick Jesus the Christ could provoke!
What greater crime could be enacted upon the ignorant humble peasants of Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South???
To be replaced by a prefabricated plastic and aluminium lego land rumpus room with no soul, no heart and no spectators!
Och aye Jimmy! Time for the Stuarts, the Haigs, the Glenfiddichs, the Walkers and the Conolloy’s to reunite under one banner! Long live Scotland the Brave!
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “DJ’s Hall of Fame!”
The Queen of England and the British Commonwealth Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II is pleased today to announce from Buckingham Palace the granting of an exclusive warrant to the Republic of Rongolia, Karamea, New Zealand the right to establish a Hall of Fame for Disc Jockey’s!
Rongolia El Presidente for Life, El Senor Palo Murrio has welcomed this news with the announcement today from Rongo that the “DJ’s Hall of Fame” will be housed exclusively in the VIP Lounge of the Radio Karamea 107.5 FM radio station complex!
Nominees for 2014 induction into the “DJ’s Hall of Fame” include :
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “International Requests Show” DJ – DJ Crap!
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “Soul and Gospel Show” DJ – DJ Echo!
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “Comedy Show DJ” – The Big Man!
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM: DJ Pukeko’s “An Evening with DJ Pukeko” Most Outrageous Song Dedicated to a Mother
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “Bigga than Bateman Show DJ” – Bigga!
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM DJ’s Hall of Fame 2014 Nominees – Profiles!
Biography – Of Australian extraction, DJ Crap came to New Zealand in 2003 to shake up the Kiwis and bring some West Island culture to the people of Aotearoa. He is responsible for looking after Karamea Radio for the Karamea community and has spent an unreasonable amount of his life in the DJ booth on his eternal quest to become DJ Competent.
Favourite singer – Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Jim Jones, Bob Log III and Shirley Bassey
Favourite band – The Jim Jones Revue
Favourite One-Man Band: Bob Log III
Favourite song –
Best show – All DJ Crap shows are CRAP!! (But the International Request Show is the all-time most popular show on Karamea Radio…The DJ may be crap, but the fans LOVE him!)
Most memorable on air event – Having a punch up in the studio with a disgruntled Eric Clapton fan who thought Clapton was GOD.
Favourite tipple – Japanese Holy Water
Best quote – “Dr John is the Eric Clapton of piano.”
THE BIG MAN – Brian Thomson or “The Big Man” to West Coasters!
Biography – Ex Aucklander who found a land of promise, opportunities and experiences abound. Helped the radio station into a new era and explored the music of the globe.
Favourite singer – B B King
Favourite band – The Flaming Mudcats
Favourite song – Itchin’ and Scratchin’
Best show – Musical Friends with DJ Crap
Most memorable on air event – The ousting of Dr Y Max – Mondayitis
Favourite tipple – Japanese Sake
Best quote – “Here’s a song for all the curtain twitches out there in radio land, “The Gossip Calypso.””
DJ ECHO – Tim Hawley, former owner of Echo Records in Dunedin!
Biography – Spent over 40 years wandering the South Island and the globe before seeing the light and moving to Karamea in 2009. Hasn’t looked back since.
Favourite singer – Changes daily but Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has been a favourite for 20 years plus. Latterly listening to a lot of Nigerian 70s singers- William Onyeabor is pretty special.
Favourite band – Also changes daily/weekly but King Crimson (1970s version) has been a major part of my listening life since 1983!
Favourite Canadian artist called Neil – Neil Young, no question at all!
Favourite Neil Young album – On the Beach
Favourite album of all time – Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan
Favourite song – “Point That Thing Somewhere Else” by The Clean
Best show – Songs about Jesus (w/ DJ Crap, November 2013), Neil Young’s birthday show 2012, Labour Weekend show 2013 and many others
Most memorable on air event – Anything I can remember isn’t worth remembering!
Favourite tipple – Homemade boysenberry wine (for a cogent show) or single malt Scotch whiskey if you’re after something a bit more loose!
Best quote – “Is the microphone on?” or “oh crap, the microphone was on all the time.”
DJ Marcellus Nealy – Records his Nuphoria Radio Show in Japan exclusively for Karamea Radio 107.5 FM and sends it to us via the InterWeb
Biography – Born in Cleveland Ohio in the USA, Marcellus is a Poet, Singer, Photographer and Language professor while that may seem like a heap of things Marcellus tells they all point to the same thing which is self expression, a pursuit to which he has dedicated his life. His intense poetry style and spoken word performance has been called likened to possession by crafty sprits. He has also performed with many talented musicians around the world in front of tens of thousands of people as a singer and rapper. He currently works with various institutions around Tokyo as a communications and education consultant.
Favourite singer – There are too many to name. It depends on my mood.
Favourite band – Same with the singer it depends on my mood
Favourite song – Man these questions are hard
Best show – The one where I did all jazz funk tunes. That is the kind of groove that really revs my engine.
Most memorable on air event – When I realised I had done several stories in a row about people’s “junk.” (Which was an expression for penis unknown to Karamea people and is now a staple word for the appendage among Karamea Radio listeners).
Favourite tipple -good quality dark Rum
Best quote – “And now here’s another good trick that I know” The Cat in The Hat
Biography – Karamea celebrity and known throughout the South Island as “incorrigible,” “recalcitrant” and “refractory” David John “Bigga” Bateman has endeared himself to the people of Karamea through his highly controversial and somewhat acerbic wireless theatre that is the “Bigga than Bateman” Show. His undiplomatic, straight-shooting tell-all on-air style has won many fans and has upset more people than any other Karamea Radio DJ…quite and achievement that!
Favourite singer – Yusuf Islam
Favourite band – David Bowie
Favourite song – “Young Americans” by David Bowie
Best show – Karamea Radio 107.5 FM: Rick Lucas Interviews Dave Bateman
Most memorable on air event – Panda’s live performance on the Bigga Show
Favourite tipple – Ranfurly Draught Giant 440 and plenty of it!
Best quote – “The only good American is a dead American.”
“It’s got that look about it”
“I’m starting to wonder…”
DJ Pukeko – Lewis Jackson aka Sheik El Shamshoun IV
Biography – Born and raised in suburban Dunedin, Louis J. wandered the planet aimlessly for many years until he discovered Rongo in Karamea! Unleashed as DJ Pukeko on Radio Karamea 107.5 FM on an unsuspecting West Coast radio audience, he did his best to rustle many feathers! Now in retirement, pathetically sitting in an old cane wheel chair in an old folks home in Waikikamaukau, talking to the garden gnomes, dreaming of yesterdays but quietly planning his escape to the corner dairy!
Favourite singer – Mungo Jerry (In the Summertime)
Favourite band – The Monkees (I’m a Believer)
Favourite song – Great Southern Land by Ice House
Best show – Sunday night – Radio Karamea 107.5 FM – Poetry Alive with Superwomen Kristin and Katie – 1st reading of the Massey Ferguson Tractor Manual crank case instructions on page 27!
Most memorable on air event – Sunday night -Radio Karamea 107.5 FM Poetry Alive – Live reading of “Macbeth” Act IV Scene I “Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble…” with my amazing friend I met at Rongo, Kaylee Danger Surprise et al!
Favourite tipple –Johnathon Walker Black Label, on the rocks, stirred with a twist of licorice!!
Best quote – “Am I allowed to say that on air? Arf arf!”
DJ No Name: A recent arrival in Karamea after leaving Auckland with refugee status arrived in the new country with great hope for the future and enthusiastically embraced life in Rongolia by assisting DJ BiGMan with his show…yet to perform solo on 107.5 FM, but has quickly learnt the radio ropes and will likely soon have his own show and his own DJ name!
Biography: l have arrived in Karamea as an old friend, an work mate of Big Man
during our time in stress city Auckland….for the purpose of assuming a joint alter ego, The Undynamic Duo……so as to bring laughter and zanyness to Rongo and Karamea.
Favourite Singer: Anyone who champions the individual,whoose lyrics weren,t written by a machine…..with real love in their heart..!
Favourite Band: Ditto above…..but doing it together….,
Favourite Song: Too many to list…but lets say lyrics written with passion
and love, saying it like it is, that don’t provoke an instant urge to throw up!
Best Show: Anything by freedom loving flower bedecked,transcendental
hippy permercultural radio show hosts…..on Karamea Radio 107.5 fm….er
sorry but does that count as a shameless promotion!
Most Memorable Event on Air: Well this would clearly be the first radio show when together with Bigman we assumed our joint alter ego..The Undynamic Duo!
Favourite Tipple: Ice cold Apple juice…..with a cold dark malt ale or beer coming a close second!
Best Quote: If you at first don’t succeed….try, try,try again!
Paraphrased perfectly by Albert Einstein,when he said….It must be a form of insanity to repeat the same thing and yet expect a different result! Lol
The world according to No Name (Garp)
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM radio shack has witnessed the evolution of posse DJ’s unparalleled on this planet!
Controversial? – Never!
Popular – Bloody Oath!
The 2014 Wolf Man Jack Award is awarded collectively to DJ Crap and DJ Echo for the “Songs About Jesus Show 2014”!
The 2014 Monty Python Award is awarded to The Big Man for “The Comedy Show!”
The 2014 Roger Redneck Award is awarded to Dave “ Bigga” Bateman for the “Bigga than Bateman Show!”
“Who’s this on the Wolfman telephone?”
Off the Top of my HeadBy Paul Murray
LivingInPeace Project pet sheep BaBa’s strange behaviour was explained on the morning of October 18, 2014 when she went into labour and produced twins to the amazement of all concerned given that we believed her to be a virgin.
Perhaps the most famous sheep in the world and most certainly the strangest, BaBa is a confused soul and behaves in a most un-sheeplike manner. Her own mother rejected her at birth after her older sibling was stillborn..BaBa’s mother took no interest in her and she was effectively given up for adoption on parturition.
Orphan BaBa found a new home at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery at the top of thew West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand where she was much loved by many people and bottle fed by a raft of enthusiastic surrogate mothers from all over the world.
Rongo Kitchen head chef Mitsuyo Numata and her man Brian “Big Man” Thomson stepped up and assumed the primary responsibility for Baba’s parenting and took the frail little lamb under their wings and fed her, kept her warm, taught her about life and how to live it, but neglected to discuss the birds and the bees. Baba was hence colder than a well-digger’s arse when if came to romance.
All observed attempts by our RockStar Ram to mate with Lady Baba were hilariously thwarted by BaBa’s frigidity and fear of all things ovine. Karamea Farm Baches Manager Maree Stirling’s house looks out over the farm and she is a keen observer of the happenings of the flock. “RockStar was sniffing around BaBa’s back passage and she turned around and bunted him away…he looked most upset, but tried again and Baba pissed all over his head…shit it was funny,” she said.
LivingInPeace Project Permaculture Farm Manager Dave Tailby also saw the mating attempt of a ram who is used to groupies fawning over his every move and had previously only met with openly willing participants eager to sample the fruits of his loins. “BaBa wasn’t having a bar of the ram, he made several attempts to mount up and get a groove on, but she kept on butting him away and giving him golden showers,” he said.
Hardly virginal behaviour that, but clearly, BaBa’s licentious gambolling only encouraged RockStar and rammed up his determination to succeed. He must have risen to the considerable challenge as “Lady” BaBa is now a mother. Divine intervention and immaculate conception is the only other possibility and I didn’t believe in that the first time, so I’m not party to the theory now. RockStar must turned up the charm and succeeded in thawing the icebox around BaBa’s love tunnel and consummating their relationship.
BaBa is proving an exceptionally good mother and has found new purpose in her life as the care provider for her offspring, a boy and a girl. She continues to treat the other sheep in the flock with complete disdain, refuses to associate with them in any way, but carries herself with more pride and confidence than ever before…motherhood becomes her! Congratulations BaBa and also to her proud parents, Mi-Chan and the Big Man, now grandparents to two sweet little lambsies…thanks also to Ronglians worldwide who helped to raise BaBa and make her the wonderful mother she is today.
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM – Most played songs – DJ’s Choice!
To celebrate the global spectacular success of Radio Karamea’s “International Requests Show” the Radio Karamea 107.5 FM Top 10!
Radio Karamea 107.5 FM not only rules the airwaves, it waives the rules!
1 – “Born to be Mild!” by Arfur Guiness!
2 – “I Snort the Line!” by Bike Turner!
3– “Bad to the Boner!: by Dick Thoroughbred and The Injectors!
4 – “God Defend Made in China!” by John Keywee!
5 – “I Wanna be Jake the Peg!” by Ozcar Pretorius!
6- “Clint, Where’s ya Troosers?” by The Immoral Minority!
7 – “I’m a Muslim Terrorist and I’m Ok!” by Mountgomery Python!
8 – “Just Meat It!” by Pelvis!
9 – “I Shot My Dickoff!” by Claptrap Eriction!
10 – “House of the Rising Son!” by Rolf Harris!
18 октября 2014
Известия Спорт – Футбол из Новой Зеландии !
Южная Соединенные против Кентербери
Южная Соединенные прекратились десять Кентерберийский доминирования с отличным 2-1 победу в предсезонном столкновения в Тимару в субботу .
Кентербери открыл счет через Марио Хоффман 28-й минуте , и все могло быть хуже после рефери Логан Григорий реализовал пенальти – но Том Бэтти есть легкий и мяч отскочил от перекладины южной автора .
Кентербери , вероятно, в тени Южный в первом тайме , ноактивизировались Южная сторона улучшилось вне поля зрения во второй половине , играют владение игру , что , возможно, заработанные больший отрыв победителя . Василий Артур Парк не заработал ни одного призы для его рифленой поверхностью .
На самом деле , это помогло устранить южной Росс Ховард в разминке , и Ник Хиндсон , прихрамывая послежесткой борьбы , пытался играть , но прокат его лодыжку на поверхности .
Другой жертвой стала бывшая Все белые полузащитник Аарон Clapham , который показал свой класс , прежде чем он травмировал плечо в начале второй половины .
Южный начал без Тома Джексона , Тим McLennan , Алистер Rickerby , Джордж Милн и Бен Фицпатрик , так тренер Майк Холодильник все еще имеет много вариантов в рукаве .
Оба хранители , Бэтти и Лиам Маленький , получил половину каждого , Мэтт Джой был устойчивым, как обычно, в центре обороны , где он был в паре с Cam Attwood , и Эндрю Ridden , Дэвид Хейман и Крэйг Фергюсон также фигурирует .
Роятся полузащитник признакам Эдер Franchini и Виктор Da Costa , который конкурировал хорошо , и оба Том Коннор и Morgan День положить в хороших сдвигов .
Фитнес-уровня южных выглядела хорошо, и были некоторые эффективные и адресный попутный движения, готовые в штрафную , где большая Джош Стюарт , а позже Тейлор Маккормак вызвал проблемы Кентербери .
Da Costa реализовал пенальти по Южной и только тогда, когда все пропитанные зрители начали домой , Маккормак завершил 85-й минуте крест , ибоевой дух повышения победа была необратима Южный теперь ожидает его открытия ASB премьер-лиге игре против Окленда в Форсайт Барр стадион в эту субботу .
В Tahuna парка Вчера , непобедимый молодежь сторона Southern в вытеснил Веллингтон 2-1 в национальном игры лиги .
Южный молодежь снова начала медленно , и он взял пару верхней экономит Джош Дейкстрой отрицать Веллингтона .
Тем не менее, в идеальных условиях, сторона тренера Кевина Scoullar , построенная из устойчивого платформы в задней , а во главе с Tyrrell Barringer – Тахири , и оказываемое давление, достаточное , чтобы забить пару по тайма .